April 09, 2012

Mavericks Cut Ties with Lamar Odom: The Dallas Mavericks have made Lamar Odom inactive for the rest of the season, cutting their ties to the veteran forward after his spectacularly dismal year. Odom was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers before the season for a 2012 first round pick and the $8.9 million trade exception the Mavericks received in Tyson Chandler's sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:34 AM - 7 comments

To be honest, he probably could've been listed as inactive for most of the season to date.

Lamar's stats as a Maverick: 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.2 percent from the field and 25.2 percent on 3-pointers, all career lows. I doubt they'll retire his number.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:39 AM on April 09, 2012

What a disaster. Did the Mavericks not know he was not working out at all during the lockout?

posted by rcade at 11:35 AM on April 09, 2012

First Oden, then Odom. Who's next, Udoh?

posted by beaverboard at 12:00 PM on April 09, 2012

Not Udoh, nor Udrih.

I don't understand how Odom got so bad so quickly. Even if he hadn't sniffed a gym all offseason he should be in shape by now. Haven't seen many Dallas games this year, and I probably got to see Odom's best game all year, but when I've seen him suck he just doesn't even look like an NBA player that should get minutes. How does that happen?

posted by tron7 at 12:37 PM on April 09, 2012

I think a lot of it is just sullen laziness. He made his bed by demanding a trade after the Lakers tried to deal him and seemed to have a child-like remorse. Most of what I saw from Odom in game this season has been standing around the three-point arc near the sideline shuffling his feet with his arms barely stretched out at a 4- and 6-o' clock formation while "playing" zone defense, waiting for a change in possession (the result of the defensive possession being immaterial, really), then half trotting up the sideline to stand at pretty much the exact same spot, only facing the basket, waiting on the ball to be thrown his way so he could chuck a shot up at the front of the rim. As a Mavs fan, it got so frustrating that unless it was crunch time in a close game, I'd change the channel when he was on the floor.

Good riddance.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:10 PM on April 09, 2012

Kurse of the Kardashians. They take marginal NBA players and render them useless.

That family is pure evil and must be stopped!

posted by dyams at 02:10 PM on April 09, 2012

I get the impression that this was much more pouting-don't-care-no-effort than really-out-of-shape-post-lockout.

posted by holden at 09:23 AM on April 10, 2012

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